Feeding The Will To Endure
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Feeding The Will To Endure


Honey Cake and Latkes: Recipes from the Old World by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Survivors

During roll call in the bitter cold at Majdanek concentration camp, Rachel Roth distracted herself and the woman around her by describing Shabbat dinners at her home in Warsaw in vivid detail — images of stuffed gefilte fish, steaming bowls of soup and crusted sweet chicken — blotting out the reality of a living hell, if only for a moment.

In Auschwitz, Eva Shainblum found comfort in the remembered taste of her last meal with her family in Transylvania: Rakott kumpli, Hungarian layered potatoes.

And when Max Garcia needed the strength to endure as he was moved from camp to camp, he recited the recipe for his mother’s Joodse Boteerkoeke, Jewish Butter Cake, that he’d memorized as a 10-year-old boy in Amsterdam.

Friendship, prayer and tradition all offered Jewish concentration camp inmates solace as they struggled through starvation, terror and degradation. But memories of their mothers rolling out pastry for strudel, of the aroma of freshly baked challah and of family gathered around tables covered with linen cloths kept them connected to the world — and the people — they had lost, feeding their will to survive.

The Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial Foundation has released an extraordinary collection of the recipes for the food to which survivors clung, that they cooked after liberation to restore their emaciated bodies and fragile souls, that they passed on to their children.

The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center is honored to welcome the team behind this moving story of resilience, including survivors Tova Friedman, Michael Bornstein, and Eugene Ginter. 
The conversation, with special guest Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress and Chairman of the Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial Foundation (ABMF), is moderated by Maria Zalewska, Executive Director of ABMF.

Covid-19 Policy: 
Proof of Covid-19 vaccination + booster, along with valid photo identification, required for entry. Masks are no longer required but are encouraged and are available to those who request.

In partnership with the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation

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At Temple Emanu-El, we encourage our members, young and old, to gather in an atmosphere both warm and awe-inspiring, as we share our moments of joy as well as our times of sadness, immerse ourselves in the richness and beauty of our tradition, and act upon our tradition’s values in the world around us.